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  • 1. Rebecca Onion/CV Rebecca Stiles Onion Curriculum VitaeCurrent Address: Phone: 646.206.14922205 Richcreek Rd rebeccaonion@gmail.comAustin, TX 78757 www.rebeccaonion.com On Twitter: @rebeccaonionEducationDoctoral Candidate, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin Expected defense date Summer 2012 Dissertation: “How Science Became Child’s Play: Science, Technology, and the Culture of American Childhood, 1890-1970″ Committee: Janet Davis (co-supervisor); Julia Mickenberg (co-supervisor); Jeffrey Meikle; Bruce Hunt; John Hartigan Comprehensive Exam Fields: American Civilization (Julia Mickenberg); Environmental and Animal Studies (Janet Davis); Technology and Culture (Jeffrey Meikle); Cultural Anthropology (John Hartigan)M.A., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, May 2007 Thesis: “Sled Dog Stories: Discourses of Domestication, Race, and Work in Alaska, 1867-1925” Thesis Director: Janet Davis; Thesis Reader: Julia MickenbergB.A., American Studies, Yale University, cum laude, with distinction, May 2000 Thesis: “Pain, Fear, and Transcendence: Narrative Constructions in the National Media Reaction to the Columbine High School Shootings” Thesis Director: Jean-Christophe AgnewResearch Interests Twentieth-century American history, history of childhood and youth, history of science and technology, animal studies, environmental studies, material culture, visual culture, history of education, museum studies, digital humanitiesPublicationsPeer-Reviewed Journal Articles:“Picturing Nature and Childhood at the American Museum of Natural History and theBrooklyn Children’s Museum, 1899-1930.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 3,No. 4 (Fall 2011), 434-469.“Reclaiming the Machine: An Introductory Look at Steampunk in Everyday Practice.”Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies 1:1 (Autumn 2008), 138-163. 1
  • 2. Rebecca Onion/CVBook Chapters:“Ronnie Vinikoff,” “James McMurtry” (both with Lisa Powell), oral histories in The Republicof Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket, a project carried out by UT/Austin American Studiesgraduate students and published by the University of Texas Press in 2009.“Environmental Health, Biological Risk, and Medical Display: The Individualist Etiologiesof BODY WORLDS,” in The Anatomy of Body Worlds, ed. Thora Jespersen et. al (Jefferson,NC: McFarland, 2008), 55-65.“Sled Dogs of the American North: On Masculinity, Whiteness, and Human Freedom,” inAnimals and Agency, ed. Sarah MacFarland and Ryan Hediger (Leiden: Brill Academic, 2009),129-156.Encyclopedia Entry:“Theodore Roethke,” in Modern American Environmentalists: A Biographical Encyclopedia, ed.G.A. Cevasco (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 421-426.Review Publications:Review: Sally Kohlstedt, Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America,1890-1930. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 2011), 518-520.Review: Edward Johnson and Michael Mappin, eds., Environmental Education and Advocacy:Changing Perspectives of Ecology and Education. Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy,Vol. 5, No. 1 (2009), 280-282.Review: Nelson Lichtenstein, ed., American Capitalism: Social Thought and Political Economy in theTwentieth Century. E3W Review of Books, Vol. 9 (Spring 2009), 38-39.Review: Documentary Film: “King Corn.” Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy,Vol. 4, No. 1 (2008), 122-124.Review: Kenneth Foote, Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy. E3WReview of Books, Vol. 6 (Spring 2006), 47-48.Fellowships and Grants2010-2011 William S. Livingston Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin2011 Summer Research Grant, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin2011 Research Grant, Friends of the Princeton University Library2011 Shin Pond Summer Retreat Program Fellowship, Humane Society of the United States 2
  • 3. Rebecca Onion/CV2010 Robert A. Heinlein Online Archives Research Grant2010 Chemical Heritage Foundation Travel Grant2010 Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant, Children’s Literature Association2007 Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin2007 Stott Travel Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin2005-2006 Harrington Fellowship, University of Texas at AustinScholarly Honors and Prizes2011 Winner, Graduate Research Award, University Co-Op, University of Texas at Austin2011 BootCamp Fellowship, to attend THATCamp (digital humanities conference), awarded by Mellon and Kress Foundations2008 Winner, Outstanding Thesis Award, University Co-Op, University of Texas at Austin2008 Invited to speak at the Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum2008 Travel Award to attend University College Dublin Clinton Institute Summer School, given by University of Texas at Austin Department of American Studies2007 Graduate Participant, University of Texas at Austin Humanities Institute Faculty Seminar, “The Human and its Others”Research Experience2009-2010 Research Assistant to Dr. Penne Restad, History Department, University of Texas at Austin • Assisted with curriculum development for survey course; created course website: http://sites.la.utexas.edu/history2point0/, password “oldschool”2007-2008 Research Assistant to Dr. Janet Davis, American Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin • Assisted with research for book project, including archival work and Spanish-to-English translationsTeaching InterestsAmerican history survey, Introduction to American Studies, popular culture, gender studies,technology and culture, popular science, science fiction, culture and climate change, historyof the American West, environmental history, animal studies, history ofchildhood/childhood studies, material culture, food studies, digital humanities 3
  • 4. Rebecca Onion/CVTeaching Experience2011 Assistant Instructor, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin • Course Title: Popular Culture and American Childhood • Course Websites: americanchildhoods.com (F’11), popcultureandamericanchildhood.com (S ’12) • Syllabus: http://americanchildhoods.com/syllabus/ (F ’11), http://popcultureandamericanchildhood.com/syllabus/ (S ’12)2008-2009 Assistant Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin • Course Title: Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition2008-2009 Consultant, University Writing Center, University of Texas at Austin • Assisted students with writing projects2007 Supplemental Instruction Leader, University of Texas at Austin Learning Center • Led discussion sections attached to large lecture class; provided instruction in study skills & written communication2006-2007 Teaching Assistant, American Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin • Course Titles: Introduction to American Studies: Femininity and Masculinity in America (Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt); Main Currents in American Culture through 1865 (Dr. Shirley Thompson)Professional PresentationsMarch 2012 “Making Science Fun: Critical Intersections of Science and Childhood in 20th-Century American Culture,” University of Texas at Austin History of Science Colloquium, Austin, TXOctober 2011 “Reality in the Basement: Science Sets, Home Laboratories, & the Market for the Modern Mind.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MDJuly 2011 “The Story of a Wonder World: Science, Industry, and the ‘Romance of Reality’ in American Kids’ Books of the 1920s and 1930s.” Brown- bag talk for the Friends of the Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJJune 2011 “Science, Childhood, and the ‘Informational’ Book: Knowing the Modern World in the 1920s and 1930s.” Children’s Literature Association annual meeting, Hollins, VANovember 2010 “Varieties of Scientific Experience: The American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the 4
  • 5. Rebecca Onion/CV Production of Wonder, 1900-1930.” American Studies Association annual meeting, San Antonio, TXApril 2010 “Melding Childhood Studies, Science Studies, and the History of Education.” Exploring Childhood Studies Conference, Childhood Studies Graduate Program, Rutgers-Camden, Camden, NJMarch 2010 “Doing history with Team-Based Learning in a large survey U.S. history course.” With Penne Restad and Michael Sweet. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Team Based Learning Collaborative, New Orleans, LouisianaApril 2008 “Reclaiming the Machine: Steampunk Practice and the Humanization of the Technological Object,” Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DelawareNovember 2007 “Re-articulating the Native, Claiming the Human: Man-Dog Relationships in the New American North,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Portland, MEJune 2007 “Colonial Narratives, Written on The Animal Body: The Watercolors of Walton Ford,” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Spartanburg, SCMarch 2007 “Gender and the Frontier in Alaska.” Guest lecture, Intro to American Studies undergraduate class (for Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt)November 2006 “Visions of Carnivore Ecology in Children’s Culture: Dinotopia and Jurassic Park,” Carnivores 2006 (Defenders of Wildlife conference), Tampa, FLOctober 2006 “Lead Dogs and Heroic Masculinity in the New Age of Celebrity,” Western Literature Association, Boise, IDFebruary 2006 “The Endless Quest for Authenticity: The Lord of the Rings and Teenage Girls,” SW/TX Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NMService to Department, University, Profession2011 Gave professional development presentation for fellow graduate students: “Beyond Citation Management: Using Zotero to Shape Your Graduate Research” 5
  • 6. Rebecca Onion/CV2011 Blogger for University of Texas Department of American Studies website, AMS :: ATX (http://amstudies.wordpress.com/)2011 Organized two panels for the American Studies Association annual meeting, Baltimore, MD • “Objects of Learning: Material Culture, Imaginative Pedagogy, and the Transformation of American Childhood, 1880-1980” (co-organized with Sarah Carter; sponsored by Material Culture Caucus) • “From Decay to Deterioration: Questioning the Aesthetics of Abandonment” (sponsored by Visual Culture Caucus)2011 Wrote column for Society for the History of Childhood and Youth newsletter (“Songbirds and Satellites: Blogging the History of Childhood”)2010-present Maintained research blog, Songbirds and Satellites (www.rebeccaonion.com)2010 Co-edited and wrote column for Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual and Material Culture, Summer 2010-present2009 Organized visit of guest speaker Cindi Katz, Childhood Studies Graduate Research Cluster, University of Texas at Austin2008 Mentor, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program, University of Texas at Austin • Acted as advisor to undergraduate American Studies major interested in attending graduate school2008 Member of committee to organize MEPHISTOS graduate conference in the history, anthropology, and sociology of science2007-2008 Maintained orals reading blog, La Biblioteca de Babel (http://bifurcan.blogspot.com/)2007 Member of committee to organize UT American Studies Graduate Conference2006 Co-organized UT American Studies Graduate Conference2006 Organizer and facilitator, faculty roundtable, “Pushing ‘Interdisciplinary’ To The Limit,” UT American Studies Graduate Conference, Austin, TXAdditional Work Experience2002-present Freelance writer, multiple popular publications (including Nylon, Venus, Bitch, Tribeza, ELLEgirl, Teen People, Austinist, Time Out New York, Slate.com, Budget 6
  • 7. Rebecca Onion/CV Living, Cosmopolitan, The New Republic’s website, Backpacker, the New Haven Advocate). See www.rebeccaonion.com/publications/freelance for clips.2001-2003 Staff writer, ym magazineLanguagesFluent in SpanishIntermediate Proficiency in ItalianProfessional AffiliationsSince 2005 American Studies Association memberSince 2007 Society for the History of Childhood and Youth memberSince 2010 History of Science Society MemberSince 2010 Children’s Literature Association memberReferencesJanet DavisAssociate ProfessorDepartment of American Studies/Department of HistoryUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7100Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.232.1848 or 512.471.7277Email: janetmdavis@austin.utexas.eduJulia MickenbergAssociate ProfessorDepartment of American StudiesUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7100Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.232.2650 or 512.471.7277Email: mickenberg@mail.utexas.eduJeffrey MeikleProfessorDepartment of American Studies/Department of Art and Art HistoryUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7100Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.232.2166 or 512.471.7277Email: meikle@mail.utexas.eduBruce HuntAssociate Professor 7
  • 8. Rebecca Onion/CVDepartment of HistoryUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7000Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.232.6109Email: bjhunt@mail.utexas.eduPenne L. Restad (Teaching Reference)Distinguished Senior LecturerDepartment of HistoryUniversity of Texas at Austin1 University Station B7000Austin, TX 78712Office Phone: 512.475.7233Email: restad@mail.utexas.edu 8